Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ramadan Karim

It will be extremely difficult for those who judge a book by its cover to understand my relationship with Ramadan. For interested readers they can always find more about "Ramadan according to a tartoussi" here and specifically here. I have already posted 14 times about it so obviously it must carry certain significance to me. Perhaps most interesting in our unique relationship is that first, I feel the passage of time with the advent of this synodic (lunar) month and second, I have in a way succeeded, on the personal level, to humanize the mystic aura of the experience.

My intention is to write recipes and food related posts on my blog for the next 30 days or so. I might, of course, change my mind at any time but it would be a good idea to sit back, enjoy and talk about food. While getting in the mood allow me please to wish each and everyone of you a Ramadan Karim. You know how Christmas is Merry and Easter is Happy! Well Ramadan is Generous (Karim).


I hope we work on eradicating the disparity between the rich and poor so that the wealthy don't feel that they are doing the needy a favor with their alms.

I hope we become free to live the way we choose to and liberate our minds from the vice of judging others.

I hope we believe in ourselves enough not to wait for miracles to happen but instead work out butts off to make viable wonders come true.

I hope we come to terms with reality, cherish the physical world and see the inherent beauty of the universe with wonderment and joy not in awe and fear. ex nihilo nihil fit.

I hope we never lose the impulse to learn, the will to travel and the urge to discover the unknown.

I hope we reach the point when no one believes that it's worth dying or killing for a cause.

I hope that no man has to toil for bread, no child sleeps unfed and no woman is coerced in bed.

Ramadan Karim

57 comments:

Katia said...

Amen!

Isobel said...

Can one say Happy Ramadan? Well, I'll use your phrase then - Ramadan Karim to you, Abufares! I share your hopes very much and I hope the more people think this way, the closer these ideas will come to be realized.

I will look forward to your recipes! And will endeavor to try them all! All the best to you and your family for the holidays.

Omar said...

Amen to that..
Looking forward to your delicious posts.

abufares said...

@Katia
I look forward your next visit to Syria. We need to get together, Damascus, Tartous or anywhere else...
Thank you my friend.

abufares said...

@Isobel
You can say anything you want. Who said Christmas can't be happy or Easter shouldn't be merry?
Since you share my hopes I have very little to worry about whether the rest of the 6 billions agree with me or not ;-)

I will try not to disappoint you with new and delicious recipes.
Thank you for being here.

abufares said...

@Omar
I'm sure Om Omar is going to take good care of you during Ramadan. I, too, look forward what you're going to post.

Batoul A. said...

Ramadan Karim to you as well :)

moryarti said...

yen3ad 3alaik enshallah

abufares said...

@Batoul
Teslami :-)
Have a good time

abufares said...

@Moryarti
Long time no see.
Ramadan Karim to you and yours.

أنا سوري said...

Funny Abu Fares. I was writing a post with the same "I hope" theme. You took the words right out of my mouth. Yours is much more eloquent anyway. I hope we can all get together someday at home for a congregation. Happy Ramadan to everyone.

abufares said...

@Ana Sourie
It's so nice that we share the same hopes.
I would love that we get together one day. The sooner the better obviously. And, if you want, may be I can pitch in trying to find you the Bint El Halal ;-)

Gabriela said...

I certainly will love your recipes. I have in mind something about food, too. I may be asking for your help.
Ramadan Karim!

أنا سوري said...

Lol, Thanks for the offer Abu Fares, but I think I'm set. I was just writing about some of what I experienced back home. Despite all the hassles, it was pure fun going through all that. I'll be back in October inshallah. Maybe if you're around Damascus we can have dinner and smoke some Argyle.

KJ said...

I hope we believe in ourselves enough not to wait for miracles to happen but instead work out butts off to make viable wonders come true.

I hope we come to terms with reality, cherish the physical world and see the inherent beauty of the universe with wonderment and joy not in awe and fear. ex nihilo nihil fit.

Amen to that!

yen3ad 3aleik bel se77a wel salameh!

abufares said...

@Gabriela
Ramadan Karim to you and yours too.
I'm here to help anyway I can. All you have to do is ask through the blog or email.

abufares said...

@Ana Sourie
October is my favorite month. I would be delighted to meet with you in Damascus and later in Tartous as well. I'll pass on the arghile... but in October, I will be in the mood for something else ;-)

abufares said...

@KJ
May you have the best Ramadan ever. I know it's going to be a tough one this year (well and the next few years if we're still around).
It's about sharing that's all.
Regards and best wishes to your family.

Anonymous said...

Abufares, can you find a photo of
(GHASEL EL BANAT)you took me back to the old (medine)of Halab,

Ramadan kareem to all

abufares said...

@lê

How about this one?

http://www.kenanaonline.com/figureGet.php?t=2&fgID=1168855008&arID=52995

Ramadan Karim :-)

Yazan said...

Yen3ad 3aleik Abu Fares!

I shall be celebrating it in the new capital of Asia, Seoul :)

Salamat for a few weeks.

abufares said...

@Yazan

Seoul, ummmm!
I should go there one day.

Have fun, Kol 3am wa anta bi kheir

Anonymous said...

Abufares , this is not (ghasel al banat)

Mariyah said...

What a lovely post, Abufares! May you have a wonderful and generous Ramadan too, my friend. My thoughts will be with you. :)

abufares said...

@lê
What do you mean this is not Ghazel el Banat. This is ours in Tartous. Please describe what you're talking about so that I try to get you a pciture.

abufares said...

@Mariyah
You know what? Sometimes I wonder whether you read my blog at all. Lolll. Well I know you do but the next best thing to being with you is to tease you from here to there.
Take care Marroush. My part 6 on Sea Side should be ready on Friday. I hope I can finish it on time for you to read with your morning coffee.
Ramadan Karim :-)

Anonymous said...

Most worthy sentiments flown on celestial wings.

Anonymous said...

Abufares ask any old Halabi, it is like white hair and in the center filled with pistacho, it is Ramadan especiality,

Karin said...

RAMADAN KARIM dear friend ... to you and your folks, from all my heart!

Ramadan will be very challenging for me this year - I'll leave for Albuquerque day after tomorrow, start working 12-13 hour shifts on Monday and two days later is already the first day ... I hope I'll make it - I'll do my very best though!

I'm MUCH looking forward to the recipes .. I'll copy whatever will be possible and then spoil myself while thinking of all of you!

Joseph said...

Ramadan Karim abufares, to you and your family.
I have always enjoyed Ramadan, for me, it has been in many occurrences like christmas... come everyday for a whole month.
Unfortunately, where I am now so many beautiful things have lost their essence and certainly have lost their purpose. I am certain, no matter how tough it's going to be, you are going to enjoy every bit of it...the pleasure and the pain, the intimate company of your family, and boundless flow of friends.

Have a good day.

boinky said...

linked to my blog.

a good antidote to greed...

Dubai Jazz said...

Amen to that.

Ramadan Kareem, Abu Fares. May yours be the best ever. Let's see if I will ever get around to making any of your recipes for Iftar. I doubt it, though. For the open buffet always beckon..

*prepares to attack*

abufares said...

@anonymous

thank you and happy ramadan to you

abufares said...

@lê

you're absolutely right. here it is:

http://anasalali.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/pict0046.jpg

abufares said...

@Karin
Ramadan Karim to you my dear friend.
I will start posting recipes as soon as I get over the first couple of days.

abufares said...

@Joseph
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
The fact that I sit with the family for Iftar everyday and enjoy the sense of achievement in the eyes of my kids make up for the discomfort and pain.
Kol 3am wa anta bi kheir

abufares said...

@boinky
thank you and as always glad to see you here.

abufares said...

@DJ
I know how hard it must be to practice Ramadan alone. To you and to everyone who's going through this month SOLO I wish you the best. In the hope that someday we would all join together on one table and celebrate all that life has to offer.
Ramadan Karim

Anonymous said...

AHHHHHHHHH ya Abufares i can eaven smell that and smell the souk as well
thank you

Abu Kareem said...

Abu Fares,

Ramadan Karim to you as well and may your hopes be fulfilled.

Mariyah said...

Yes, you know how terribly bored I am with your writing!! PLEASE!! I read every post more than once...I don't always comment but I ALWAYS read. Yes, you'd best tease me about these things from afar...you know you'd be in trouble otherwise! ;)

I can NOT wait for SS6!! (in case you had any other ideas on what I might think) :P

abufares said...

@lê
I'm glad I was able to help. I'm sure you miss Halab (Aleppo) a lot. When was the last time you've been there?

abufares said...

@Abu Kareem
Hello there my friend. My best wishes to you and yours on the occasion of Ramadan and always.
I hope that we get a chance to be together again and soon.

abufares said...

@Mariyah
You know even since before we started writing together I always enjoyed your comments on my blog. When you don't comment for some reason I feel as if my post remains unfinished.
I'd rather tease you when you're close though to see what you're going to do about it anyway. Whatever it is, I'm sure it will be fun to watch and possibly to... touch. lolllll.
I tell you what, you go to bed tonight and when you wake up in the morning get your cup of coffee and check out your blog. Sea Side 6 will be waiting for you :-)

Az3ar's Fan said...

Amen, ya rab al 3lamin.

abufares said...

@Az3ar's Fan
May it all come true, whatever you wish or hope for.

Tony Tahhan said...

Ramadan Karim abu fares.
ينعاد عليك و كل افراد اسرتك بالخير و الصحة و العافية
وأعتبر نفسي محظوظا لان تعرفت عليك من عبر موقعك
I always look forward to reading your posts.
سلامات
طوني

abufares said...

@Tony
Thank you for the heartwarming wishes. I'm honored by your presence here, always.

abufares said...

And Tony
I just checked your site and LOVED it. I'll be there again and again.

Anonymous said...

Ramadan Mubarak to you and all your readers.
One thing though, you are going to talk about food for the rest of the month.. knowing you and how you elaborate, I have to make sure NOT to read them while I am fasting

Salamat
Abu Abdo

abufares said...

@Abu Abdo
You know the best food posts and recipes are conjured in the late afternoon when I'm close to starvation. Unfortunately, that's the proper time to read them too.
Ramadan Karim to you and yours my friend.

XTR said...

Ramadan kareem!

oryxm said...

Ramadan Karim to you and all my loved ones! Miss being with the family during this holy month! It's never the same outside Syria!

Your New BIL said...

I enjoyed reading your post:-))
The idea that this time of year is so special to family and loved ones makes one want to stop and reflect on all the things we all take for granted. Your thoughts of peace are well said and I would only hope that the people of the World are smart enough to realize that. I shall say "Happy Ramadan"
(being from America it only sounds natural).

abufares said...

@XTR
For some reason I didn't get the notifications for the last 3 comments and I'm sorry I didn't reply earlier.
Many thanks for your wishes.
سموك مسحر خلص رمضان
looool

abufares said...

@Oryxm
I didn't know about this comment until you told me about it yesterday.
I'm glad we had the opportunity to share Iftar yesterday :-)

abufares said...

@New BIL
Ahhh, so that's you. I'm really sorry I didn't know about your comment earlier. You see I usually get notifications by email and I didn't get any for the last 3 comments in this post.
Anyway, welcome to the family BIL and I look forward meeting you:-)